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Study Spots!

McKenna shows off some of her favorite study spots on campus!

McKenna shows off some of her favorite study spots on campus!


A core component of student life at Carleton is, of course, academics. And a focus on academics naturally leads to time spent studying. Although I enjoy finding new places to study each term, I have found a few favorites over my two years here.

This one’s the obvious choice, I think. My favorite floor is the 3rd floor. It’s about as quiet as a 9am discussion class, according to our sign in the entryway. I like the tables near windows for the natural light, but it’s hard to resist the temptation to take a nap in the dangerously comfy green couches nearby.

People gather on couches at the Libe.
Be warned, they’re super comfortable. (Photo taken before March 2020)

Otherwise, I’m on what my friends and I call “5th Libe,” which overlooks the Quantitative Research Center. I like this spot because it has little pods with a desk, a desk chair, and usually an armchair close by. When taking notes, I’ll use the desk, but if I’m doing a reading, I’ll curl up in an armchair. It’s also a great place to spot friends from!

Library from above
From the bottom up, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Libe during term! (Photo taken before March 2020)

I was a frequent visitor to LDC 242 when completing my language requirement. This room doubles as a Russian classroom during the day. It has massive whiteboards for declining nouns, computers and headsets for listening to audio assignments, and, most importantly, friends who also speak Russian!

Russian grammar
As you can see, I put those whiteboards to good use!
  • Evie and the Ground State

I absolutely love the new science building, Evelyn Anderson Hall (Evie or Anderson). My favorite study spot in this building is usually an area called the Ground State, which my friend Lucas talks about as well. Although I’m not a physics major, a lot of my friends are, so I’ll study in this area with the hope that I see someone I know. As an added bonus, the upper floors have a ton of natural light as well as a cafe!

Anderson Hall's staircase, from above
This is what the upper levels of Evie look like!

Home sweet home, the Weitz!! Between rehearsals, performances, and student employment, I spend a good amount of my time in this building. As it’s a whopping two blocks from campus, once I’m here, I prefer to stay here. I tend to camp out at a table overlooking the common area because there’s an outlet nearby and I have a great vantage point to see friends. The cafe is definitely a plus, and I’ll often grab a croissant and a hot chai in the winter to enjoy while I work.

Weitz Commons from above
This is the view from my favorite spot! (Photo taken before March 2020)
  • Upper Sayles

Sayles, our campus center, is certainly a popular spot to go. When studying, I prefer to stick to the upper level of Sayles, which has better desks. Alternatively, I’ll meet up with a few friends and use one of the study rooms. They can be a little drafty, but they have tons of table space and a projector. The projector came in handy once when I worked with my friends from Russian class on a project about a Russian movie.

Sayles Facilities
The view from Upper Sayles. (Photo taken before March 2020)

Looking at my list, I see two major trends. I prefer study spots with access to food and study spots with access to friends. Although my preferences shift from term to term, I love my friends and I’m a sucker for some good snacks!


McKenna is a Russian and Psychology double major who is suffering from major Minnesota-withdrawal (her favorite season is, in fact, winter). On campus, she’s often designing lights for a student performance, speaking Russian in Parish house, or grabbing a meal with friends. She’s also a proud member of the Carleton Equestrian Team and is currently playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in her free time. Meet the other bloggers!